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Old 10-26-2017, 10:27 AM
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I am thinking something small to carry in the car in addition to my digging tool. Any thoughts?

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Old 11-05-2017, 03:13 AM
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I have one that was part of a package deal offered by SOG a few years back. I thought it would be great for detecting. Itís quite small compared to the standard issue GI entrenching tool and I dont think it would hold up as your main shovel. Frankly Iím surprised SOG sells them! I own several SOG products and am happy with all but this shovel. Itís just not a quality made shovel.

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I've looked at many options over the years, the folding feature is cool, but these look too flimsy and much wider than we need, at least for coinshooting in yards and parks.

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If you are going to go with a folding shovel I would choose a genuine military issue. I have a couple that I keep in my car in case I get stuck but I think that they are a little wide for detecting. Most copies are junk and will bend. I use an 18" Sampson for detecting.

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If you are going to go with a folding shovel I would choose a genuine military issue. I have a couple that I keep in my car in case I get stuck but I think that they are a little wide for detecting. Most copies are junk and will bend. I use an 18" Sampson for detecting.
I agree with Silversmith45. A genuine issue shovel is a tough piece of equipment.

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Let me add to my comment above.

I use a Lesche Sampson T-Handle 31" long and built like a tank! They also make an 18" version.

If you want to go for price you might look at the Compact Shovel at Lowes. Listed at $9.98. These are similar to the shovels you see in tons of youtube videos by pondguru, The Hoover Boys and others.

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Originally Posted by Planedoc View post
Let me add to my comment above.

I use a Lesche Sampson T-Handle 31" long and built like a tank! They also make an 18" version.

If you want to go for price you might look at the Compact Shovel at Lowes. Listed at $9.98. These are similar to the shovels you see in tons of youtube videos by pondguru, The Hoover Boys and others.

Hope this helps!
I have always felt that along with the GI entrenching tool, those shovels are too wide for digging finds. They also draw attention to what you are doing.

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Ok, thanks for the info....I have one of these shovels that I got for my son for camping....but didn't know if it would be worthwhile to have. It is a bit wide, so I'll get one for the car as an emergency tool

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you can get genuine military issue tri-fold shovels online with a carrying case for 25 dollars

I got mine from herehttps://www.sportsmansguide.com/prod...-new?a=1510532
2 days ago so I haven't been able to use it yet. Ames is the manufacturer

you can get it for 20 dollars if you use the code TAKEOFF20% when you check out

If you don't like it you can always put on the shelf as a collector's item

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I purchased one thinking it would be a good little digger. Two hours in my first hunt, it bent. The handle never truly locks down and if you are going through some tough dirt or roots, it will snap back and bite you.
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I purchased one thinking it would be a good little digger. Two hours in my first hunt, it bent. The handle never truly locks down and if you are going through some tough dirt or roots, it will snap back and bite you.
Better known as a POS shovel ! LoL
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Better known as a POS shovel ! LoL
Pretty much lol, I've owned a few SOG knives and they were awesome. I guess the SOG shovel is some !!!! steel they have laying around.

The ones I used in the military were much, much better.
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Old 12-28-2017, 05:21 AM
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It's a generic Red Chinese made item with their name on it.

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Sog has put their name on some cheap knives. That looks like a cheap copy of the military one. I Have a real one in the trunk. It works great as an occasional shovel. I spend most of my time clad stabbing the local park and don't need a shovel except for the occasional trip to the woods.
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My buddy had one and wrecked it in two minutes,bent right over. I canít speak for genuine entrenching shovels cuz Iíve never had one. The Sampsonís are built the way they are because itís designed specifically for what the park hunters do. I also have the compact shovel but never use it. Iím always really using the Sampson to itís limits,but it hasnít failed me yet! Itís a hell of a shovel...
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:15 AM
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I'd love to get a sampson, but they're too pricey for my tastes right now...eventually I'll have to get one.

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